Just Film Festival unveils talented Langara graduates

Three graduates of Langara College will participate at a Vancouver film festival alongside award-winning international documentaries. Jeff Berg, Amy Psyden, and Mariah Kennedy each directed student films that will be screened at the Just Film Festival taking place at VanCity Theatre between March 30 and April 1. The Just Film Festival is jointly organized by…

Stories moving from the beyond

The Rock, Paper, Scissors exhibition is being shown in the Nikkei National Museum and Cultural Centre during the 150th anniversary of Canada and on the 75th anniversary of the internment of Japanese-Canadians. Cindy Mochizuki’s exhibit visualizes a time long ago and moves forward into a destiny not yet known. Although her works often live in…

On stage: Canadian Aboriginal soldiers

One hundred years ago, the battle of Vimy Ridge was fought in France. REDPATCH is a historical drama that focuses on this battle, as well as the contributions made by Aboriginal soldiers and their communities for Canada during the First World War. The play will be presented March 29–Apr. 9 at Presentation House Theatre in…

Play gives voice to refugee experiences

In 1998, Chilean dictator Augusto Pinochet was arrested by the international police and charged with crimes against humanity. Playwright Carmen Aguirre says that this was a turning point for Chileans in Chile and in Vancouver as well. “It led to all kinds of informal gatherings and Chilean refugees here started to talk about everything we’ve…

The serious pleasure of performing

Comprised mostly of strings and percussion, Sultans of String (led by guitarist Kevin Laliberté and violinist Chris McKhool) will perform original compositions from their newest album Subcontinental Drift. The music brings together a whole host of sounds and colours from around the world. Along with special guest sitar master Anwar Khurshid, the quintet will be…

Life in an empty place

The Moon is Often Referred to as a Dead, Barren World, but I Think This is Not Necessarily the Case, a collaboration between international conceptual artist Diane Borsato and the local Ikebana flower arrangement community will use live plant material in a white, empty gallery space to portray the contrast and the beauty of life…

Reconciling truth through story reclamation

Simon Fraser University (SFU) linguistics and First Nations studies professor Marianne Ignace, her husband Chief Ronald Ignace, PhD and elders from their community – Skeetchestn in the Secwepemc Nation – took on a project to reclaim and teach their ancient stories in the Secwepemctsin language. One of the many First Nations ‘stsptekwll’ or oral traditions…

Refuge: Two kinds of goods

A work of fiction inspired by real events, playwright Mary Vingoe’s Refuge explores the two sides of the refugee situation – the ‘two goods.’ “It’s about who we are, what we want to protect; it’s about two rival goods – the idea of two principles. They are both good (protecting your own family and reaching…

Kudos for showing diversity in the Vancouver film industry

February is the most significant month for the film industry and this year I was encouraged by the movies that transformed from hidden figures under moonlight into award winners in the spotlight. There has been a rise in on-screen confrontation to the cultural divides that still dominate our society. The films showcased at the 2017…

Amazon rainforest: recognizing the rights of nature

Amazonia – The Rights of Nature, the Museum of Anthropology at UBC’s (MOA) upcoming exhibition digs into the relationship between humans and forest, the latter playing an important role in indigenous South American cultures. Several objects from Yanomami land as well as other Amazonian collections will be exhibited from March 10, 2017 to Jan. 28,…

Danilo Brito: Virtuoso of Brazilian Choro music

Featuring Brazilian Choro music, the Danilo Brito Trio will share their selection of songs from the genre, which contrasts minimal stringed arrangement with complex melody, counterpoint and improvisation. The trio performs at the Kay Meek Centre March 16–17. Choro, the centre of Brazilian music Choro music has its roots in European Classical music, says Brazil-born Danilo…

Meaning is in the eye of the photo beholder

Bryan Myles, director of the Bill Reid Centre for Northwest Coast Studies, will be presenting Early Photography of Northwest Coast First Nations and narrating historical photos of First Nations communities dating back to the 1850s. The talk will be held on March 7 at the Goldcorp Centre for the Arts. Myles’s interest in historical photography…